Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

  • These Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs are a great alternative to traditional frying!  They are easy to make and don’t forget to add the honey mustard sauce!

    Crispy baked chicken thighs on a sheet pan with a honey mustard sauce beside.

    **Originally published October 2015**

    Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs

    My husband is always asking for fried chicken, always.  Like every time I ask what sounds good for supper, he gives me the same answer.  (I really don’t know why I even ask.)

    While I do like fried chicken I don’t like the amount of work that it requires and the mess it can make.

    Plus, it isn’t the healthiest meal to eat on a regular basis.

    That’s why I like to oven “fry” my chicken.  It’s less mess and it’s a healthier option.

    Crispy oven fried chicken thighs on a sheet pan. A bowl of honey mustard sauce with a spoon in the sauce.

    Oven Fried Chicken

    Normally I just coat the chicken in seasoned flour and bake it, which is really good, but I miss that thicker breading and crunch you get when you traditionally fry chicken.

    You know what I mean??

    I had to do an updated version of these crispy oven fried chicken thighs.

    For one, the pictures were horrible and two I have changed the recipe over time and wanted to share those changes with you.

    Plus, I made a super yummy honey mustard sauce to drizzle over the top.

    Completely optional, but totally delicious!!

    Overhead view of crispy oven fried chicken thighs with a honey mustard sauce drizzled on top.

    Easy Oven Fried Chicken

    It’s also an easier version.  The original required marinating in buttermilk for an extended length of time and while it did make for really tender and tasty chicken, I never remembered to do it, so that step went out the window.

    Chances are if I am too busy to do this step many of you probably are too.

    I also swapped out the panko breadcrumbs for cornflakes (my secret ingredient) on a whim one evening.

    I thought I had breadcrumbs in the pantry and didn’t.  But instead a half empty box of cornflakes that needed to be used up.

    That is classic me right there!!  I always start a recipe without checking to make sure I have everything!

    Overhead view of crispy oven fried chicken on a sheet pan.

    What to serve with these Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs:

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    Crispy baked chicken thighs on a sheet pan with a honey mustard sauce beside.
    Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken Thighs
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    45 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr

    These Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs are a great alternative to traditional frying!  They are easy to make and don't forget to add the honey mustard sauce!

    Course: Chicken, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chicken thighs
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 422 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    • 6 bone in skin on chicken thighs
    • ¼ cup all purpose flour
    • Season salt to taste
    • ½ teaspoon of each: onion powder, garlic powder, paprika
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • cups finely crushed cornflakes (I like to do this by placing in a resealable plastic bag and using a rolling pin to crush)
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. In a shallow dish combine the flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. In a second shallow dish combine the eggs and milk. In a third shallow dish combine the crushed cornflakes and olive oil.
    3. Dredge one chicken thigh in the flour mixture coating all sides. Dip into the egg wash coating all sides. Dredge in the cornflake mixture coating all sides. Place on a large baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken thighs. Bake for 45 minutes or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

    4. OPTIONAL HONEY MUSTARD SAUCE: In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, honey and dijon mustard.
    Recipe Notes
    1. If using a food processor to make your cornflake crumbs be careful not to process too fine.
    2. Panko breadcrumbs can be substituted for the cornflakes.
    3. Chicken can be soaked in buttermilk overnight.
    4. Can use cut up chicken pieces as well. 
    5. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrtion includes 1/6th of the honey mustard sauce. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken Thighs
    Amount Per Serving (1 thigh)
    Calories 422 Calories from Fat 270
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 30g46%
    Saturated Fat 8g50%
    Cholesterol 160mg53%
    Sodium 239mg10%
    Potassium 254mg7%
    Carbohydrates 18g6%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 20g40%
    Calcium 21mg2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    These Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs are a great way to enjoy fried chicken in a healthier way! |

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